Tony Le, a Vietnamese-American is taking Namco Bandai to court on the grounds of discrimination and wrongful termination. Le was employed at the company as a senior business analyst in June 2010 where his suit states that he “was a top performer for Bandai with proven track record,”
Filed at the Los Angeles Superior Court in California, Le seeks unspecified compensatory and punitive damages. The suit is based on discrimination, harassment and retaliation on the basis of race and national origin; failure to prevent discrimination; wrongful termination; failure to promote and negligent hiring and supervision.
According to Le, in 2013 former CEO, Matsuo Masayaka, said “All you Americans are so stupid and don’t know how to run a business”; “If I could I would fire all the Americans”; and “Japan should have bombed Pearl Harbor again,”.
Bandai had denied access to important company information, making Le’s job more difficult to be performed effectively and allegedly was excluded from company meetings and dinners to which only Japanese employees were invited.
When Le approached the company HR representative he claims to have been told to “remain silent” and was discouraged from filing a complaint.
In March 2014, Tony Le was informed that his position had been eliminated even though he was the only one in the department carrying out business analysis.
Namco Bandai has not commented on the lawsuit at this time.